Human geography and urban studies have become the most dynamic areas of the social sciences, drawing together concerns with space, economy, society and the environment. This programme is aimed at students who, having successfully completed an undergraduate degree in Geography or similar social science subject, now require a more focused introduction to human geographical research; primarily as a way of preparing for study at the PhD level.

Course aims

The course aims to provide an understanding of the key themes of contemporary geographical thought and to develop an appreciation of the methodological implications of such theoretical developments. Additionally, students are able to develop a substantive field of research interest. More generally, the programme benefits from being located both within the Department of Geography and Environment (which, uniquely, is focused on human geography), and within the premier centre in the world devoted solely to research and teaching in the social sciences.

Entry to the MSc can either be on a stand alone basis, (that is, as a student on the 12-month Master’s programme), or as part of a 1+3 programme (with progression to the MPhil/PhD open to those on the 1+3 programme who gain an overall merit grade in MSc Human Geography Research plus a mark of at least 65 in the dissertation component (GY499). Students taking the MSc on a stand alone basis will need to make a separate application if they wish to pursue an MPhil/PhD programme.

The Department currently has two places available for ESRC 1+3 quota studentships for UK/EU residents only. If you wish to be considered for this you will have to make it clear in your personal statement. You will also have to provide a preliminary account of your proposed research.

If the quota studentships have already been allocated, or if you are an overseas applicant (i.e. non-EU), you can still apply for the 1+3 option; again you will need to make this clear in your personal statement and include a research proposal. In this case, however, you will need to obtain funding elsewhere.

View programme structure with links to course content and preliminary reading. Note that not all courses are offered every year.

The students

Is MSc Human Geography & Urban Studies Research for you? It is if you are amongst the top students in your year-group, and you are excited about human geography and its application to research. In addition, you will have excellent grades in either human geography or a closely allied social science subject.

The MSc Human Geography & Urban Studies Research programme is primarily intended for people who intend to carry out a research oriented career applying the skills and insights of human geography. Many will subsequently register for a PhD at LSE or elsewhere. Others will use their research skills gained on this course in work with public or private agencies delivering services associated with either social or economic development, or environmental management.

How to apply

To apply to the LSE, you can either:

  • Fill in an application form online, or
  • Apply by post

Application instructions are available from the graduate school.

You can contact the graduate admissions office using their contact details

Initial enquiries can also be made to either:

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